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An update on AMP Conf
Thanks for your interest in AMP Conf 2020. With event registration approaching quickly and growing concern around the coronavirus (COVID-19), and in alignment with the best practices laid out by the CDC, WHO, and other relevant entities, we wanted to share an important update. Based on our most up-to-date assessment, the potential difficulties around travel, and in consideration of general public health and safety, we have decided to postpone the event.  If you have any questions, feel free to email the AMP Conf planning team at: ampconf@google.com.  We’re very sorry to delay the opportunity to connect in person, but we feel strongly that the safety and health of all attendees, especially those who are traveling, is the priority at this time. We will aim to share an updated date for the event in the future when we have a better sense of a time that will work for everyone.  Stay tuned! Posted by Alex Durán, AMP Project Marketing Lead at Google on behalf of the AMP Conf planning team
Learn how to use the Search Console AMP status report
The following guest post was written by Daniel Waisberg, Search Advocate, Google Search Console is a free tool provided by Google to webmasters and developers to help optimize sites for search. In addition to data about search performance, index coverage and structured data markup, the tool can also help improve your AMP implementation. It shows AMP issues Google discovered in your website, provides information on how to fix them, and allows you to ask Google to validate your fixes.  We’ve released a new episode of our Search Console Training YouTube series that shows you how to use the AMP status report in the tool. In a nutshell, the AMP status report top level view shows crawled AMP pages with any issues found by Google. You’ll find a table with all issues sorted by a combination of severity, validation state, and number of pages affected. Click a specific issue to see more details and   a link to learn more about how to fix it and a process to notify Google about your fixes. You’ll also find a list of example URLs affected by this issue – you can click a specific URL to find the HTML and exact location of the offending code.  It might also be a good idea to use the AMP Test tool, where in addition to testing a specific page, you can also upload a piece of code to check for issues – this can be helpful to debug issues for new pages...
How RebelMouse Makes Rich AMP Simple And Powerful And Why It Matters So Much
Editor’s note: the following guest post was written by Andrea Breanna, Founder/CEO of RebelMouse RebelMouse is a next-generation CMS for media companies and brands that are genuine about their content. The RebelCMS is a developer-friendly, cloud-based solution that is obsessed with maximizing content distribution across the web. This obsession is built on the foundational tenet that to create continuous organic growth from content, the distribution of that content must be automatic and optimized for new channels. We enable smart developers to be hyper-efficient and give their companies more, anywhere, and at any time. Whether you’re on mobile or desktop, you get the same streamlined functionality, key insights, and content distribution to grow your business. Why We’ve Invested Heavily in AMP Features AMP pages are built to be fast and load almost instantly when clicked from Google Search, increasing user engagement and dropping bounce rates. Our team at RebelMouse has  found that these increases in organic traffic happen regardless of the traffic source — because readers really do like faster, cleaner pages. AMP is a rich environment and implementing it properly can be time-consuming. AMP pages, in order to be fast, are highly structured, and companies need efficient tools to take full advantage of the opportunities that AMP provides. When...
AMP Conf 2020: Return to NYC
UPDATE: Given the recent events surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus), AMP Conf has been postponed. Please read our latest update regarding AMP Conf. AMP Conf 2019 in Tokyo Last year over 500 of us gathered in Tokyo to share the latest AMP news and learn from some of the thousands of developers engaged with the open source project. A lot has happened in the world of AMP since then, including AMP joining the OpenJS Foundation, our release for general availability of <amp-script>, Adobe Campaign launching support for AMP For Email, and many other exciting developments. We’ve seen amazing growth in the AMP community as developers around the world continue to build beautiful, performant sites, all while using AMP as a way to stay productive and innovative. AMP Conf returns to NYC! We are thrilled to invite you to join us at the next AMP Conf, being held in New York City on June 16 and 17. We are so excited to be returning to the city where AMP Conf got its start, and can’t wait to see you there. Come to learn about the latest ways the AMP community is working to make the web better for everyone – publishers, platforms, advertisers, creators, and of course, users. You’ll hear from those working on contributing to AMP, those using the format, and the committees who manage AMP’s governance.  We also want to continue the tradition of including broader...
In search of the amp.dev search
Editor’s Note: the following guest post was written by Thorsten Harders and Sebil Satici, Developers at Jung von Matt. Amp.dev offers a lot of resources that make it easier to get started and build with AMP: case studies, details on how each component works, guides with best practices, step-by-step tutorials and plenty of executable code examples. In fact, it offers so many resources that we needed a way for developers to quickly discover and reach all that existing content. We wanted to do so by making all of our content searchable directly on the site. This article walks through the steps we took to implement search on amp.dev. TL;DR: The new amp.dev search is built using <amp-lightbox>, <amp-list>, <amp-autocomplete>, <amp-mustache> and of course <amp-bind> to glue them all together. It uses a custom API that is backed by Google custom search and it uses Service Worker functionalities to cache the latest search query and results. Built with AMP components We had three goals when building the amp.dev search functionality: The search should be accessible in its own layer from all pages.The search should be optimized for finding AMP components, as these are core to the AMP developer experience.The search should be implemented using valid AMP functionalities. Hide and show the search layer (with amp-lightbox) Looking...
SEO for AMP Stories
Updated March 24, 2020 to clarify how AMP’s canonical-pairing is not supported by AMP Stories. AMP Stories are a new, exciting medium for storytelling on the web. The format is based on the same concept as familiar Stories features in popular social networking apps but intended for more general purpose content from “how to apply lip gloss the right way” to a “travel guide through the Himalayas”. Importantly, AMP Stories are just web pages. They have a URL on your web server, they are linkable, and they can link out to other web pages. With that the biggest takeaway for SEO of Stories is: Do all the SEO things you would do for any other page on your website. If it helps rank your non-Story pages, it’ll probably help the Stories as well. In particular, just like other pages on your site, make sure your Stories are linked from within your website so that your users and bots can actually discover them. If you are using a sitemap, make sure to include your Stories in that sitemap. If you are posting your regular web pages to social media, post your Stories as well. We could go on here, but the gist really comes down to: Follow the best practices you’re already applying to the rest of your website. Stories specific SEO tactics Given the relative newness of this format on the web and its unique characteristics, there are...
What Makes WordPress a Great Choice for Creating Websites?
If you’re planning on setting up a website for yourself or your business, chances are you’ve come across WordPress. You might be wondering what WordPress is and what sets it apart form other website systems.In this article, you’ll learn what WordPress is, how it compares to other web platforms and what its benefits are.WordPress Comes in Two FlavorsThere are two types of WordPress site: WordPress.com and WordPress.org, also known as self-hosted WordPress. Let’s look at the differences between the two.WordPress.orgWordPress.org, or self-hosted WordPress, is code that creates a website for you. To get your own website, you install that code on your hosting account, and then set up your website.The code is open source, and anyone can download it for free. You can either download it from the WordPress.org website, or you can use a one-click auto installer provided by your hosting company (which is much easier).Once you’ve done that, you can do whatever you like with the code—it’s yours. You can add a theme to define the way the site looks. You can add plugins to give your site extra functionality like mailing list signups or a social media feed. You can even add your own code if you want, or edit the existing code (not a good idea if you’re not experienced).There are thousands of free plugins and themes. If you like, you can pay for a premium theme or plugin. You don’t get these...
20+ Best WordPress Resume Themes: For Your Personal Website
Whether you’re fresh out of college or looking to find a better job, you will need a resume to showcase all your skills and help you stand out from the competition.  Nowadays, however, a standard resume or a CV is not enough. A better way to impress HR managers and describe your expertise, education, and experience is to create a personal website with the help of a WordPress resume theme—like those shown here:  Best WordPress Resume Themes , available for sale on ThemeForest. A good personal resume website has these key benefits when compared to a standard resume or CV: It puts you in control: It’s not uncommon for employers to turn to Google when selecting candidates for a position. Your personal website has higher chances of showing up as a top result in the search and it allows you to control which information is immediately visible. It makes you easier to find: Someone looking to hire a person with particular skills may not know your name but if you take the time to polish the content of your website, you stand a better chance of showing up in the search results when they search for those skills. It shows off your personality: A personal website lets you show your personality and go into more detail about your previous experience.  What Are the Key Features of Great Resume Themes? There are many WordPress resume themes available on the...
How to Design a Finance Desktop Dashboard in Sketch
What You'll Be CreatingIn this tutorial we’ll be designing a Finance Desktop Dashboard application in Sketch. This will serve as a good foundation for anybody who’s looking to improve their knowledge of how to design in Sketch or get a better understating of general UI design practices.What We’ll NeedBefore getting started, we’ll need a couple of assets and tools, such as: A good-looking sans-serif font that will be both modern-looking and robust. For example: Graphik, Maison Neue, Roboto, Proxima Nova etc. An icon pack that we’ll use for the sidebar and within the application. There are a multitude of icon packs out there you could use, my choice of premium icons being the Streamline Icons set. If you’re looking for something free then using the IconFinder or Icons8 platforms could be of great help. A design tool of your choice. For this tutorial we’ll be using the Sketch App, but using Adobe XD or Figma for design won’t make following this tutorial any harder. 1. Set up Your WorkspaceWe’ll begin setting up our working space and will create an artboard by using the presets inside our application. By clicking the A tab we’ll access the artboard creation tool. Select the canvas size that best fits your needs. 2. Add the Most Important ElementsIn order to make things easier when it comes to working with repetitive UI elements and styles, we’ll be creating a small style guide...
Behind the Scenes: Deploying the AMP Runtime
One of the main benefits of using AMP is its evergreen release. Today, web developers and engineering teams can get the best of what AMP has to offer every week without being burdened by dependency management.  Over the past few months, the Infrastructure Working Group has been working hard to improve the way AMP releases its runtime and components. The improvements are based on the following feedback: Some development teams prefer a slower release cadence so they don’t have to run Quality Assurance (QA) for their website every week.Existing documentation for AMP releases can sometimes be incomplete or confusing.It’s essential to be able to detect potentially breaking changes before they reach the majority of end-users.Some partners would like to be able to self-host the AMP runtime and components during development instead of having to fetch them from cdn.ampproject.org. The goal of this blog post is to help the reader understand how AMP releases work today, and to learn about upcoming improvements (like updated release channel names, the LTS and Nightly channels, and the ability to self-host AMP on origin URLs). Understanding AMP Releases A new version of the AMP runtime is released each week. In order to create confidence in the fact that publishers’ websites will look and behave the same, releases are provided via multiple channels. The main release...
10 WordPress Child Themes With Creative, Customizable Designs
A WordPress child theme is a theme that inherits the look and functionality of the parent (main) theme while providing you the flexibility of changing the aspect of your site’s appearance. The parent theme is the complete theme that has in it all of the mandatory WordPress template files and assets for a theme to work, while a child theme is a sub-theme that enables you to make modifications to the main theme without touching the core files.If the main theme is updated at any point, the changes you’ve made to the child theme remain intact.How to Create a Child Theme if One Isn’t IncludedCreating a child theme is as simple as creating a new folder in the themes directory and adding a style.css stylesheet that features a few required pieces of information. The final step is the enqueuing part (loading the file); a process that’s well described in the WordPress Child Themes almanac.Rachel McCollin has also covered the process thoroughly for beginners in this guide:WordPress How to Create a WordPress Child Theme Rachel McCollin
You’ll want to use a child theme when you plan on making bigger changes to your design, and most premium WordPress themes will provide a blank starting point to help you do that.Child Themes and FrameworksSome themes are developed as child themes themselves, built off a third-party framework as the parent. The framework serves all the main styles and the...
CSS Tips for Better Color and Contrast Accessibility
Color accessibility is an important part of visual accessibility. People with various types of visual impairments, such as color blindness and low vision, perceive colors in different ways. As a result, the meaning of colors becomes less significant or is completely lost for users with visual disabilities.Although most articles on color accessibility give design tips like how to pick an accessible color scheme, we will follow a different approach here. Specifically, we will look into a couple of CSS tips you can use to improve color and contrast accessibility. However, if you are interested in the design angle, have a look at our tutorial about how to design for visual impairments by Graeme Fulton, too.Accessibility Accessibility Basics: Designing for Visual Impairment Graeme FultonTo understand how people affected by visual impairments perceive colors, you can test any color with ColorHexa’s color blindness simulator. For instance, here is how the color red (#ff0000) is seen by people with monochromacy, dichromacy, and trichromacy: 1. Check for Text ReadabilityAlthough using high-contrasting colors is an overall goal of accessible design, it’s especially important to check text readability. This means that the text (foreground) and the background behind it need to have a contrast ratio of: at least 4.5:1 for normal text and 3:1 for large text to meet WCAG 2.1 Level AA...

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